Control as a Form of Exchange: Power and Dependence Effects on Delinquency

Theron Quist, Baldwin-Wallace College

The rational choice element common to control and exchange theories suggests that they are compatible theoretical approachees and that perhaps social control theory can be usefully thought of as a specific application of exchange theory. Starting from this point, exchange concepts of comparison alternatives and power/dependence and their application to modeling of delinquent behavior are explored. The focus on the power/dependence aspect of relationships increases the scope of the theoretical approach, and facilitates the inclusion of concepts formerly attached to other theories.

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